To James Wilkinson
N Y. Nov. 15th. 99
I send you a copy of a letter from the S of War dated the eighth of this month, and an extract from my letter in reply.1 You will perceive that I agree in opinion with the Secretary that permanent fortifications should not be erected without previously communicating with the Executive, and obtaining his sanction. I am aware of the strong considerations which lead you to erect the fort at Loftus’s height, but [you will perceive that the previous approbation of the Executive is to be deemed hereafter an indispensable preliminary to any similar undertaking. And you will be pleased to make a point of strict conformity with this rule.]2
With great cons
Df, in the handwriting of H and Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. The words within brackets are in H’s handwriting.